Applications are now being taken for the Tessa Thompson Defense Squad and she’s going to need all the support she can get. According to Deadline.com, she been cast as Thor’s new love interest in the 3rd Thor film. Details are still sketchy, but reportedly she will be “some sort of superhero” and will appear in other Marvel Universe films as well.
Can you hear the howls of outrage yet? If the reports of her being Thor’s new love are true she will be replacing Natalie Portman, who played Jane, the canon love interest from the comics. You just know how much the fans love it when they mess with canon, especially when they swap out the white woman for a WOC. Remember when The Flash announced that Candice Patton was playing Iris West? Candice is still taking shit for being black two years later. Hope Tessa has some thick skin.
Thor: Ragnarok will begin production at the end of July and is slated for a November 2017 release.
Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 days Later) is assembling a kick-ass cast for his next movie, Annihilation. So far Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Thor) are in, and today word broke that Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) is in talks to join them.
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *takes a breath* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Annihilation is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name. It follows a group of women, a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor, who are sent on an expedition into Area X, a mysterious place that is cut off from the rest of humanity. They are the 12th expedition into this area and the previous 11 did not have happy endings.
The source material for this movie sounds exciting, especially since the characters are all written for women, and this cast sounds like it can really take the story to the next level. The film should shoot later this year for release on 2017. We will try to keep you up to date as this story develops.
Selma actress Teesa Thompson is on Variety’s Watch List!
Variety’s VP and executive editor Steven Gaydos says, “Actors to Watch turn up in edgy little indies, studio blockbusters and from all corners of the world. You’ll see some of these actors in upcoming Awards Season films and you will have seen some of them in current summer hits. We feel they all have one thing in common: uncommonly bright futures.”
Read about it here.